Music Technology

A Level Edexcel

The course aims to give a comprehensive foundation in Music Technology. It is ideal for the aspiring recording technician and composer but also for those interested in media and the creative industries.

The course focuses primarily on audio technology, recording and the principles of sound. Students should therefore have an extra curricular passion for pop music, for recording and should have experience using music software to compose and record music. 

Students will learn how to use a recording studio, as well as composing and recording with modern music software. They will also learn the principles of audio and the history of music recording that make the foundation of the modern recording industry.

Assessment

Non-Exam Assessment (Coursework) 1 - 20%

  • Recording
  • Log book  

Non-Exam Assessment (Coursework) 2 - 20%

  • Technology-based composition
  • Synthesis and sampling / audio manipulation and creative effects usage  
  • Log book   

Listening Exam - 25% 

  • Listening and Analysis  

Practical Exam - 35% 

  • Producing and Analysing  
  • Extended essay 

Skills Developed and Career Prospects

The course gives students an understanding of the underlying principles of sound as well as how songs and recordings are made. It also gives students the skills to write and record their own music.

Music Technology complements a range of higher education courses and career opportunities in creative industries such as Media, Film, Theatre, Television and Music.

High Storrs Sixth Form Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 9 - 4. This

MUST

include at least a Grade 4 in English Language

Plus

Grade 4 in Music OR an equivalent demonstration of expertise